February 24, 2014 9:57

Emma Willis says she's 'not quite ready' to take over as Brit Awards host

Nick Grimshaw is still bookies' favourite to take over from James Corden

Emma Willis says she's 'not quite ready' to take over as Brit Awards host

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Emma Willis has dampened speculation that she will take over as host of the Brit Awards in 2015 by claiming she is "not quite ready" for the role.

Corden, who has hosted the ceremony for the past four years, has already announced that he will move aside next year. Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Grimshaw has been installed as the early favourite by bookmaker William Hill, with Willis and comedian Jack Whitehall also in contention.

Gavin And Stacey co-writer Corden had backed The Voice and Big Brother host Willis for the job, saying the awards will "benefit from a fresh approach" when he moves on. However, speaking to the Sun, Willis said: "It would be an amazing thing to do but also incredibly nerve-wracking. I don't think I'm quite ready for that gig just yet."

Other names on William Hill's shortlist include One Direction member Harry Styles, Fearne Cotton and comedians including Keith Lemon, Russell Brand and Alan Carr. Adele, who famously stuck two fingers up at Brits organisers in 2012 after having her acceptance speech cut short, is an outsider with odds of 100/1.

James Corden hosted the Brit Awards 2014 earlier this week, a night which saw Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner pay tribute to the enduring spirit of rock music and David Bowie urging Scotland to reject the possibility of independence in a speech read out by model Kate Moss. Click here for the full NME report from the night.

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